A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses

A Skeptic's Guide to Writers' Houses

Anne Trubek

There are many ways to teach our devotion to an writer in addition to interpreting his or her works. Graves make for renowned pilgrimage websites, yet way more well known are writers' apartment museums. what's it we are hoping to complete via hiking to the house of a useless writer? We may work looking for the purpose of proposal, desirous to stand at the very spot the place our favourite literary characters first got here to life—and locate ourselves in its place in the home the place the writer himself used to be conceived, or the place she drew her final breath. probably it's a position in which our author handed in simple terms in short, or perhaps it relatively used to be an established home—now completely remade as a decorator's show-house.

In A Skeptic's consultant to Writers' Houses Anne Trubek takes a vexed, usually humorous, and continuously considerate travel of a goodly variety of condo museums around the state. In Key West she visits the shamelessly ersatz shrine to a hard-living Ernest Hemingway, whereas meditating on his misplaced Cuban farm and the sterile Idaho apartment during which he dedicated suicide. In Hannibal, Missouri, she walks the bushy line among truth and fiction, as she visits the house of the younger Samuel Clemens—and the purported haunts of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Injun' Joe. She hits literary pay-dirt in harmony, Massachusetts, the nineteenth-century mecca that gave domestic to Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau—and but couldn't accommodate a shockingly advanced Louisa may perhaps Alcott. She takes us alongside the path of flats that Edgar Allan Poe left in the back of within the wake of his many mess ups and to the burned-out shell of a California apartment with which Jack London staked his declare on posterity. In Dayton, Ohio, a charismatic consultant brings Paul Laurence Dunbar to driving existence for these few viewers prepared to pay attention; in Cleveland, Trubek unearths a relocating remembrance of Charles Chesnutt in a home that now not stands.

Why is it that we stopover at writers' homes? even if admittedly skeptical concerning the tales those structures let us know approximately their former population, Anne Trubek contains us alongside as she falls a minimum of a bit in love with each one cease on her itinerary and unearths in each one a few fact approximately literature, historical past, and modern America.

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